Purchasing a houseplant is a fun and reasonably priced purchase. However, before you buy even the cheapest plant, do some research to ensure that you are getting a plant that will thrive in your care.
Take into account the lighting in your home and in the area where you want to keep a plant. Consider how much time you are willing to invest in it. Is it important if the plant is poisonous? Many houseplants are toxic, which means they are safe for adults but not for small children or animals.
If you're just getting started and have never kept plants in your home before, start with something simple—something tough and inexpensive. Killing a simple, low-cost plant is not nearly as bad as killing a fabulous, high-priced exotic..
Size does matter. Some houseplants can grow to be quite large. Check to see if your purchase will fit within the confines of your home. Tree philodendron leaves, for example, can grow to be over two feet long, and the plant itself can spread widely.
For a first plant, several tried-and-true, easy-to-find, low-cost houseplants are the best bet. These low-maintenance plants will not die if you forget to water or feed them every now and then. They are not light sensitive and will thrive even if you do not fertilise them as frequently as recommended.